While I don’t know of the study you’re referring to, I’ve done Bodypump for over 10 years as my only strength workout and I’m quite lean and toned, especially for someone in her late 30’s! Though I think Bodypump is considered Les Mills’ “baby,” they have plenty of other workouts if someone isn’t into high rep, low(er) weight strength workouts. I have considered changing up my strength training to see how heavy I can lift, but decided that I have had so much success doing Bodypump with no injuries that it seems foolish to change it up. Also, millions of people worldwide do Bodypump. Many of these people would do no strength training at all if not for Les Mills making it enjoyable.stoptothink wrote: ↑Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:01 pmDespite the fact that there was in fact a very small (and even more poorly designed) pilot trial involving bodypump that showed decent results (for untrained women) in about half of the metrics (compared to doing nothing), I would hardly call it "science-based". The entire foundation of the method is doing low weights for very high reps, "to exhaust your muscles so you don’t get bulky, you just get strength and tone;" which is contradictory to several different principles of exercise physiology. It's a decent option for someone who has little or no experience with strength training, but that's as far as I'd go.Boglegirl81 wrote: ↑Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:52 pm
They do a lot of research with their programs and creating each individual workout. As an example, I’ve done “HIIT” workouts at boutique gyms and while challenging, they are not true HIIT workouts. Les Mills Grit is 30 min long and they design it to be a true HIIT workout. They trial the workouts and measure participants’ heart rates to ensure they’re getting the desired result.
I think the best workout in the world is the one you’ll actually do. A lot of people feel that way about Peloton and I think that’s great, but I don’t think it compares to the content at Les Mills.